Church backs DRC protesters

2015-01-21 21:06

Democratic Republic of Congo's powerful Catholic church has thrown its weight behind opposition to a move that could extend President Joseph Kabila's rule.

Pope wades into climate change debate

2015-01-15 17:14

Pope Francis has waded into the global debate about climate change saying that he believed that man was primarily responsible.

Catholic bishops open toward gays

2014-10-14 10:01

Catholic bishops have made a 'seismic' opening toward gays, saying they offer gifts to the church.

Guardian angels exist, pope says

2014-10-02 19:38

Pope Francis says guardian angels exist and people who listen to their advice are less likely to make the wrong decisions.

Pope urges - suffer the little children

2014-07-14 20:58

Pope Francis has called for urgent action to protect and care for the tens of thousands of unaccompanied children migrating from Central America to the United States.

DRC Catholic bishops urge Kabila to step aside

2014-07-02 19:25

The influential Roman Catholic Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo has urged President Joseph Kabila to respect constitutional terms limits and not seek re-election.

Mafiosi excommunicated - pope

2014-06-21 22:32

Pope Francis has taken on one of Italy's most dangerous organised crime groups, calling it an example of 'the adoration of evil' and saying Mafiosi are excommunicated.

Ireland to investigate Catholic church homes

2014-06-11 05:00

The Irish government has ordered a comprehensive investigation into the treatment of children at Catholic church homes for unmarried mothers.

Holy Land prepares for papal visit

2014-05-22 19:26

Two days before Pope Francis arrives in the Holy Land, Israelis and Palestinians are putting the finishing touches on a flurry of festive preparations for the visit.

Priest lovers ask Pope to end celibacy rule

2014-05-18 14:33

A group of secret lovers of Catholic priests have appealed to Pope Francis to end the Church's rule on celibacy for the clergy, an Italian newspaper has reported. The women also requested a papal audience in the letter.

Pope sex abuse panel highlights accountability

2014-05-03 20:00

Members of Pope Francis' sexual abuse advisory board say they will develop specific protocols to hold bishops and other church authorities accountable if they fail to report suspected abuse.

Pope Francis defends 'slum priests'

2014-03-14 10:29

Pope Francis has defended "slum priests" from the accusation their advocacy for the downtrodden reflects a different, leftist church that is remote from conservative Vatican values.

Twitter vibes show love to Pope Francis

2014-03-07 13:05

Pope Francis is among admirers on Twitter where positive comments about him outweigh negative ones by a ratio of five to one.

Pope Francis not a superman

2014-03-05 18:27

Pope Francis has played down the notion that he is a "superman" who will bring sweeping reforms to the Roman Catholic church, stressing that its ban on contraception and opposition to gay marriage will remain in place.

Pretoria priest accused of assault gets bail

2014-02-18 08:59

A Catholic priest from Pretoria has been granted R2 000 bail after appearing in court on charges of sexual assault.

Benedict: One year on a changed church

2014-02-10 20:54

It is a year since then pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation, and 2014 sees a changed church.

Pope surprises with success of Latin tweets

2014-02-05 11:32

Against all the odds, Pope Francis's Latin-language Twitter account is a roaring success, boasting 205 000 followers - more than those following papal tweets in German or Arabic.

Priests swap sermons for 'selfies'

2014-01-28 08:30

For some of the Philippines' most powerful clergymen, stepping off the pulpit and into cyberspace felt impossibly daunting until they took their first "selfies" and posted them on Facebook.

Slow down and try a little tenderness - pope

2014-01-23 16:35

The often superficial high-speed world of digital social media needs an injection of calm, reflection and tenderness if it is to be "a network not of wires but of people", Pope Francis says.

Angels have no wings, says Catholic 'angelologist'

2013-12-20 14:12

Angels exist but do not have wings and are more like shards of light, at least according to a top Catholic Church "angelologist".

Pope Francis: I'm no Marxist

2013-12-15 15:54

Pope Francis, responding to conservative criticisms that his economic and social ideas smack of communism, has said that he is not a Marxist.

Pope Francis: Rugby metaphor for life

2013-11-22 20:46

Football-mad Pope Francis is also a fan of the rugby scrum: the pontiff joked with Italian and Argentine players.

Pope urges dialogue in Myanmar

2013-10-28 20:12

Pope Francis has called for inter-religious dialogue in Myanmar at an audience for Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi in which the two also discussed her long campaign for democracy.

Pope vows to change Vatican mentality

2013-10-01 11:16

Pope Francis has promised to do everything in his power to change the Vatican's mentality, saying in an interview that it was too focused on its own interests.

Priest accused of abuse out on bail

2013-09-21 08:09

A German Catholic priest, wanted for child abuse by Germany, has been released on bail but will be put on trial in November for committing similar acts in South Africa, sources have said.


Pope sparks social media frenzy

2015-01-16 07:39

Millions of Filipinos are planning to endure crushing crowds, security threats and stormy weather to get close to Pope Francis.

Kenya priest guilty of murdering Italian bishop

2014-11-04 20:22

A Kenyan Roman Catholic priest and four others have been found guilty of murdering an elderly Italian bishop in central Kenya almost a decade ago.

Pope, prelates get course in joys of sex

2014-10-07 20:42

Pope and prelates have had a crash course in the joys of sex from people who know: a married Catholic couple.

Nun decapitated in Burundi

2014-09-08 15:59

Three elderly Italian nuns were raped and murdered in twin attacks in their convent in the capital of Burundi, with one being decapitated.

Pope gives exorcists his blessing

2014-07-03 21:01

The Vatican has formally recognised the International Association of Exorcists, giving its blessing to a group of 250 priests in 30 countries who claim to save the possessed from Satan.

Top Malaysian court rules "Allah" only for Muslims

2014-06-23 11:12

Malaysia's top court has upheld a government ban forbidding non-Muslims from using "Allah" to refer to God, rejecting an appeal by the Roman Catholic Church.

Vatican to protect Michelangelo frescoes

2014-06-11 22:17

Dust, sweat and carbon dioxide brought into the Sistine Chapel by a swelling number of tourists risk damaging priceless Michelangelo frescoes, the Vatican says.

New claims of drug trials on Catholic children

2014-06-09 16:43

Fresh claims that children at Catholic "mother and baby" homes in Ireland were subjected to experimental vaccine trials have heaped further controversy on the Church-run institutions.

Pope prepares for ME high-wire act

2014-05-20 20:39

Pope Francis will be treading on sensitive ground on a trip to the Middle East this week that is intended to promote inter-faith dialogue but has already sparked protests.

Israel denies Vatican sovereignty deal

2014-05-14 20:54

Israel said it has no intention of giving the Vatican sovereignty over a sensitive holy site in Jerusalem.

Papal preacher slams mega salaries as evil

2014-04-18 21:44

The Vatican's official preacher, at a Good Friday service attended by Pope Francis, has said huge salaries and the world financial crisis were modern evils caused by the "cursed hunger for gold".

Pope first anniversary tweet from retreat

2014-03-13 21:04

Pope Francis has marked the first anniversary of his election as head of the Roman Catholic Church with a tweet from his retreat.

Pope confesses to pilfering cross

2014-03-06 20:58

Pope Francis has revealed he had succumbed to "that thief in all of us" and broke the seventh commandment by stealing a small cross from the coffin of a priest so he could remember the man.

Francis kisses 'mini-me' pope

2014-02-26 18:24

Francis has kissed 'mini-me' pope as children in Carnival costumes flock to the Vatican.

Pretoria priest held on sex abuse charges

2014-02-17 09:56

A Catholic priest in Pretoria has been arrested for sexually abusing a minor, despite the family being initially reluctant to lay charges.

Vatican hits back at UN for abuse report

2014-02-08 05:45

The Vatican has hit back at UN committee for an abuse report, and says the UN is discredited by prejudiced claims.

German Catholics reject sex rules

2014-02-03 23:05

Germany's Catholic bishops, responding to a worldwide Vatican survey, say that many Church teachings on sexual morality were either unknown to the faithful there or rejected.

Pope says internet 'gift from God'

2014-01-23 20:41

Pope Francis has described the Internet as "a gift from God" and called on Catholics to "boldly become citizens of the digital world".

Pope shares his birthday with homeless

2013-12-17 14:34

Four homeless people have helped Pope Francis celebrate his 77th birthday at the Vatican.

Croatia rejects gay marriage in referendum

2013-12-02 15:57

A strong majority in Croatia voted to outlaw same-sex marriage in a referendum sought by a Church-backed group but strongly opposed by rights groups.

Vatican conducts worldwide poll on the family

2013-11-01 21:53

The Vatican is conducting a worldwide survey on how parishes deal with sensitive issues such as birth control, divorce and gay marriage, seeking input ahead of a major meeting.

Court throws out child sex claim against Holy See

2013-10-01 22:53

A Belgian court Tuesday rejected a rare attempt at a child sex class action suit against the Holy See filed in 2011 by 39 alleged victims of priests and church workers.

Pope Francis shuffles key posts

2013-09-21 20:04

Pope Francis has demoted a conservative cardinal who led the Vatican's department on clergy, while keeping in place a German prelate who wages the Catholic church's crackdown on liberal US nuns.

Catholic priest faces extradition over abuse

2013-09-17 11:51

A German Catholic priest on trial for child abuse in South Africa could face extradition over 36 more counts of sexual offences against children in his country.

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